Rosoboronexport received a request from Algeria for two Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, a source in defense ministry told Kommersant. This was confirmed by an informed insider.
According to the sources, upon recommendation of Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Russian Ministry of Trade and Industry appointed JSC Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard executor of the order.
"Obviously, Algeria's decision to buy more Russian subs was caused by growing regional tension because of the 'Arab Spring' events", explained the interviewee having stressed that the order executor was determined "in accordance with wishes of the ordering country".
In 2010, Admiralteyskie Verfi delivered two Kilo-class subs to Algeria under the $600-mln contract signed in 2006, specifies Kommersant. Cost of the current contract is not disclosed.
Kilo-class low-noise submarines dubbed by Americans as "Silent Death" are among the most popular Russian military products abroad, reports the newspaper.
The project was developed by the Rubin Design Bureau. Subs of this project are used for destruction of underwater and surface combatants, protection of naval bases, coastline, sea lanes, conducting reconnaissance etc. They are considered one of the world's most silent submarines. Length is 73.8 meters; beam is 9.9 meters; displacement is 2,350 cubic meters; submerged speed is 20 knots; test depth is 300 meters; crew is 52 men. Armament includes 4 missiles (the number can be enlarged), 18 torpedoes and 24 mines.
Project 636 constitutes modernized Project 877EKM Varshavyanka submarines built for seven countries in 80-90's, including Algeria. If the contract is signed, Algerian Navy would operate six Russian-made submarines, reports Kommersant.
Signing of a firm contract is expected in 2013, said one of the insiders. He admitted, however, that terms of the contract can be postponed due to controversy around the executor's candidature, writes Kommersant.
"Right now, United Shipbuilding Corporation strives for review of the ministry's decision. The company wants to obtain the status of the sole manufacturer of Kilo-class subs for Algeria and engage Admiralteyskie Verfi for that purpose", pointed out the interviewee.